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Written By: Lucy 


This is my son's robot costume for Halloween. The design is by me (Mom) and the geeky 
electronics are by Dad. 

Step 1 — Seanbot 

• Get two cardboard boxes, one 
slightly bigger than the other, and 
spray-paint them silver. In the 
bigger box, cut a hole for the 
wearer's head to go through. 
Remove the bottom of the other 
box and cut it to fit the wearer's 
face. Bend the bottom outward and 
attach it to the larger box. 

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Step 2 

• Next, go to Fry's Electronics or 
Lowe's and choose some cool stuff 
to put on the control panel. 

Step 3 

• We got this voice-activated kit at 
Fry's. It lights up when you talk or 
when it hears any type of noise. 

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Step 4 

• I don't know what this is called but I 
found it at Fry's. It was next to a 
disco ball. I hesitated because a 
disco ball robot would also be 
awesome but I just got this. 

Step 5 

• This is a Wheel of Fortune kit from 
Fry's. The chaser lights slowly go 
off when you flick the switch. 

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Step 6 

• I couldn't decide what to put here. I 
thought of making this part 
magnetic and sticking toy gears on 
it. Another idea was to put my iPod 
Touch here and run a cool app. In 
the end, I decided on this instead. 
What's in it? 

Step 7 

• An extra robot arm, just in case 
you lose an arm in a robot fight! 

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Step 8 

• It extends! 

Step 9 

• This satellite dish is made by 
painting a plastic bowl and then 
attaching it to a small motor. A 
switch turns it on and off. The head 
is attached to the robot body using 
velcro just in case you don't want 
to wear it. I considered making a 
slot to put "Brain Candy" in, but 
that would make the costume too 
heavy and creep my son out. 
Another idea was to have a bubble 
blower on top, but that might have 
been messy. 

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Step 10 

• Jetpacks made from soda bottles, 
using construction paper for the 
fire. The costume opens and 
closes in the back with a strap that 
I bought at JoAnn's. 

Step 11 

• Some robot arms and legs inspired 
by Made by Joel. The decorations 
are attached using velcro and can 
be moved around. The elastic in 
the back goes around the wearer's 
arms and legs. It's a good idea to 
make a robot shirt to go with these 
so that your child can wear the 
shirt with the arms and legs as a 
costume when the whole box 
costume is too awesome (and 
uncomfortable) to wear for an 
extended time. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 01 :00:24 AM. 

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